Date
23 July 2017
Children throw snowballs at houses (left). Warning signs in different languages have been posted at the Asari Station to discourage intrusions. Photos: http://www.gotrip.hk
Children throw snowballs at houses (left). Warning signs in different languages have been posted at the Asari Station to discourage intrusions. Photos: http://www.gotrip.hk

Chinese tourists branded ‘pests’ in Hokkaido

Chinese tourists are increasingly unwelcome in the Japanese island of Hokkaido, with some residents calling them “pests”.

Locals aired their complaints in a recent program on the Nippon Television Network in which they criticized the visitors for their “disruptive” behavior, Gotrip.com reports.

They said their everyday lives have been turned upside down, their privacy violated by the camera-happy tourists.

Chinese children would also throw snowballs at houses in full view of their elders.

Thanks to a famous film, Cities In Love, Chinese tourists have fallen for the Asari Station, an unmanned rail station popularized in the movie.

Chinese tourists would walk on the tracks to take photos, causing trains to make emergency stops, Ming Pao Daily reports.

In response, local authorities have put up warning signs in different languages to discourage intrusions.

The TV program also interviewed some of the tourists, who insisted they had done nothing wrong.

One interviewee criticized the railway company for banning them from the tracks when there are no trains passing.

The show attracted numerous comments from angry netizens, who said the Chinese visitors should respect the local culture and obey regulations.

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